Volunteers packing up after work party
Sep 17 2018

Langley Vale News: First Aiders’ survive their first day!

New First Aiders lead their first work party at Langley Vale Wood

It was a warm and muggy Wednesday morning, when our volunteers set out for a work party at Langley Vale Centenary Wood. They met at their site HQ (better known as ‘the container’) – the operational ‘hub’ is a locked shipping container at the end of a rough, and often muddy, farm track. It’s location is fairly central within the wood – a site which is rather confusing if you aren’t familiar with the patchwork of fields and tracks that make up the 640 acre former farm.


Keith and David were the Lead Volunteers for the day – a momentous day as they had just completed their First Aid training, along with the other Lead Volunteers. All of them can now able to lead their own work parties, safe in the knowledge that should a volunteer require emergency intervention, they would immediately be pounced upon by at least six people, battling with each other to administer a small plaster!


The group set off across the damp fields after gathering their tools and studying the risk assessment thoroughly. They headed for the designated stretch of hedgerow to continue removing old  fencing – a task they had abandoned in the spring so they didn’t disturb any nesting birds. Removing fences and barbed wire has been the mainstay of work parties this year, with volunteers removing hundreds of metres from the site. Some of this is a legacy of pheasant rearing on the farm and much of it is chicken wire,  buried up to a foot into the ground. There is barbed wire too – this is much older and is brittle and rusty, and it tends to grow through tree trunks rather than around them!


The determined group worked in teams of five along the side of the field that will border the Jutland Memorial Wood later in the year, taking it in turns to wield the mattock, spade or bow saw. This was obviously done very carefully and under the watchful eye of the new First Aiders! Everyone enjoyed the session, particularly the well deserved cuppa and home made cake.


Thanks to everyone who took part. You’ve done a great job.


Volunteers digging out chicken wire


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